- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Grand Island Public Schools officials say all four bids they recently received to build a new elementary school were higher than they had hoped.

The Grand Island Independent reports (http://bit.ly/1Ik6H7m ) that four bids offered Thursday afternoon to build Starr Elementary ranged from a low of $17.15 million to a high of $18.87 million.

Dan Petsch, director of buildings and grounds, says the results were not completely unexpected, because they came during contractors’ busy season, when prices tend to be higher. Petsch also says demand for construction company services is up following the high number of school bond issues approved by Nebraska voters in recent months.

Starr Elementary is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.

The Grand Island School Board is expected to consider the bids next month.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, http://www.theindependent.com

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